In torrential conditions the rain specialists- and those with local knowledge shone in the awful weather. In a race which was delayed and controlled by weather San Marino rider Alex De Angelis lead on the lap the race result was calculated from for forward Racing. Gino Rea was ‘frustrated’ as he had hit the front when the red flag came out, but was placed third and needed to move his bike from the number one spot in parc ferme! Although not fond of the tag ‘rain master’ Ant West lived up to his reluctant billing and looked strong in the wet pulling clean moves and marching through the field to take second.
The championship battle will last to Australia at least as Marc Marquez slid out while in a position to take the title on his Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter. Initially distraught, instead of returning to the team garage a champion he arrived dejected on a scooter, Espargaro meanwhile was doing enough to keep his hopes alive but would have liked more points than his final position afforded him.
Special mention to the amazing fourth place ride by one time leader and Malaysian wild card rider Hafizh Syahrin who was unlucky not to make the podium for Petronas.
For full details and some great discussion read my full race report over at crash.net, available here: